Beer: Dark Side of the Moon
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Style: Black IPA
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Opaque pitch black, with 1-centimeter’s worth of creamy tan head.
Smell: An acetone aroma that fades into chocolate, like hot fudge.
Flavor: A slight sweetness is overpowered by a charred bitterness. Like the aroma, there’s a note of alcohol; but if there’s any chocolate notes, it’s a very, very bitter unsweetened chocolate. The hops appear in the aftertaste–also very bitter. Despite the description on the menu, we detect no citrus.
Feel: Thin-to-medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: We continue the Harvest Moon double header with their Black IPA. Aptly named the “Dark Side of the Moon,” it is a fascinating take on the IPA. The style is complex, like a combination of a Porter and an IPA, but the malts and hops get muddled, i.e. you can’t really enjoy the flavor of the hops or the malts. Still, it’s an interesting brew, and certainly unlike any of the other IPAs we’ve tried this month.